- Nokia and the UAE's GCAA to develop end-to-end ecosystem to support regular commercial use of an unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the UAE
- Nokia's unmanned aerial vechicle (UAV) Traffic Management concept will give GCAA ability to track and manage all UAS in UAE airspace, supporting use of automated drones for both commercial and government applications
- Project will enable the UAE to become the world's first country to allow UAS usage in safe and secure environment and embrace drone technology as part of smart city operations
Drones are quickly emerging as important tools for businesses and governments alike, providing substantial benefits such as infrastructure monitoring and maintenance, public safety applications, logistics and transport and many more. The GCAA has launched this initiative so businesses and local government can take advantage of these benefits, making the city smarter while minimizing any hazards that UAVs may present.Nokia's UTM concept combines its expertise in 4G LTE and leadership in developing 5G and Mobile Edge Computing and related services - including managing the Network Operations Center, planning and optimizing the network for UTM connectivity and integrating UTM to other application platforms - to provide a platform that can support the extreme low latency and exceptional reliability and resiliency needed to manage UAV traffic. The system will be able to monitor airspace and flight paths, and share data between UAVs, operators and air traffic controllers and establish no-fly zones that can be continually refreshed with the latest data. This agreement complements a recent Nokia's initiative to establish and develop a UAV test facility at Twente Airport in the Netherlands. Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said: "The UAE is committed to making Dubai the smartest city in the world, and UAVs are expected to play a critical role in this process by supporting a wide variety of smart city services. This collaboration with the GCAA, the first of its kind in the world, gives us a unique and extensive test bed where we can trial and refine our UAV Traffic Management system, and shape the future of UAV management overall. This is an exciting opportunity that builds on our strong relationship with the UAE to help facilitate its smart city journey." Ismaeil Mohammed Al Blooshi, Assistant Director General of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, said: "We, as a civil aviation regulator, are pleased to partner with Nokia for such an innovative initiative for the UAE aviation sector and to build a safe and secure drone ecosystem. Being the number 1 aviation industry in the world with regard to safety standards, the UAE has superb aviation infrastructure and is qualified to play a key role in innovative aviation projects such as this drone collaboration." Did you know? According ABI Research, by 2025, the commercial sector (including agriculture, industrial inspection, and professional videography applications) will account for more than 70% of all small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) ecosystem revenues. Nokia is a world leader in communication technologies and its UTM concept using an LTE network is a great enabler for safe and secure usage of drones.
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